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Winter basics for snapper

I love snapper – they are super accessible for those based in the northern part of NZ, can be caught using a variety of methods and, best of all, go pretty damn good in the fry pan. So, in winter when other popular species like kingfish and gamefish move further out...
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Hunting in the high country

It’s incredible how much power an outboard loses at altitude. Our somewhat overpowered 4.7 metre Buccaneer normally screams along with its Johnson 115hp, but this morning was a bit different. Packed to the brim with gear and people, we slowly ambled onto the plane across the glassy waters of Lake...
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Antler Management

Sika are notoriously timid and flighty deer that are hard to spot and even harder to shoot in the dense native bush of the central North Island. NZ’s sika herd is the only one below the equator and offers a world class trophy hunting and meat resource. But that resource...
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POWER AND PERFORMANCE

I need to start this review by coming clean about my jet ski experience: it’s non-existent. If I’m on the water, I’m fishing, and I have no problem sitting on the water for eight hours without a bite, never once feeling the need to travel at unnatural speeds, whip up...
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New Toys

Wettie 5mm Super - Stretch Gloves These 5mm thick super stretch neoprene gloves have grippy palm and finger tips, and are perfect for general spearfishing and the odd bit of shellfish collecting. They are toasty warm, but without the high reduction in flexibility you normally get with 5mm thick gloves. ...
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Coast to coast – A Front Row Seat

My journey with the Coast to Coast is not your usual one. For the last three years, my job has been to film the race, capturing the athletes, supporters and sponsors that make this event truly unique. There are a lot of logistics involved in covering a race like the...
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Canyoning – What’s not to love? Everything.

We were bundled up like Michelin men, hiking up the Routeburn track just out of Glenorchy, hardly able to move due to the numerous layers of neoprene. All we could hear was the friendly chatter, and “S*** it’s hot” from various members of our group. We were getting to know...
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Tradie profile: Wes Braddock – Taking on the tackle trade

It all started for Wes Braddock when he saw one of his daughter’s toys start flashing. As he watched her play, he wondered whether a similar embedded LED light might make lures more attractive to fish. Then Acting Principal of a small school in Kaitaia, he had spent plenty of...
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